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Free Personal Training Sessions by Sheila

I’ve told a few people that I’m taking classes to earn my personal trainer certificate. This is something I just started actively working on in late February although I’ve been thinking about doing it for a couple of years, now. I was just never able to take the classes at the local community college…conflicted with my job schedule. Well, I lost my full-time job at the end of January, so that schedule conflict went away.

For the summer I’m apparently unemployed. The part-time teaching job I had at University of La Verne does not offer any employment options during the summer and Cal Poly never replied to me after I submitted my summer availability to them.

SOOO I have decided to take on 2-4 free clients with whom I will work as their personal trainer. You could be one of them.

Here’s the idea: I need practice writing up training programs for clients and working with clients. Maybe you want someone to help you design a training program or you’re kind of interested in having a personal trainer. Well, you could be my practice. I have several years experience writing my own training plans and I have had great improvement and good race results. I have taken several courses towards my personal trainer certificate, and two of these courses involved designing training programs. I have also done a great deal of independent reading and discussion and continue to do so.

The clients I would take on would be local to me. We would meet at least once per week face-to-face and preferably 2 or maybe even 3 times per week. A good training program includes both strength training and cardio-vascular (aerobic) activities, so it would be my recommendation to have both types of activities in your training plan. What we would exactly come up with would depend on your goals. If you want to train primarily for a running race, walking event, triathlon…we would put together something to help you in that respect. If you want general fitness, we would put something together for that. Basically, it’s up to you.

I’m also willing to offer diet and nutrition advice and support. I’m not any kind of registered dietician or nutritionist. But, again, I do read a lot on these topics and have a fairly clean diet myself and am lean. I’ve been through the whole calorie-counting thing (several years back when I wanted to lose 20 lbs). I’ve practiced the whole diet/weight-management thing myself. So that’s where I’m coming from on that topic.

If you’d like more details or are interested in setting up an appointment, contact me at mathmom@gmail.com.

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Sufferfest Bike Trainer Videos

So my friend @TriBeccaTO reviewed these Sufferfest bike trainer videos. They sound like quite a workout! Something to keep in mind for this winter’s training for sure.

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iPhone App for tracking workouts

Here’s a new app I recently bought for my iPhone to track my strength training workouts.

Gym Buddy

(It’s available in the App Store.)

I will be trying it out for the first time tomorrow. Looking forward to it.

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The Five Phases of Swim Training

So here is a good article from Competitor magazine, regarding swim training. It’s specifically for triathlon, but in general the 5 phases are:

Endurance, strength, speed, taper, recovery.

The link below takes you to the full article:

The Five Phases Of Swim Training – Triathlete.com

They have example workouts and detailed descriptions.

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I swam 100 yards in 1:14!

Yes, it’s true. I really did swim 100 yards that fast. Last week on Thursday, September 30th. It was so unbelievable that neither the coach nor I actually believed at first that I did it. And I’m not sure when I’ll be able to do it again, but I sure want to so much.

Normally I swim my 100s on about the order of 1:50 plus or minus a bit. Depends on how fatigued I am and how hard I’m trying. The week before my Malibu Triathlon during my taper week, I did swim some 100s on September 7th in 1:38, 1:37, 1:40 and 1:47. That 1:37 was my fastest ever until last week. I have gotten around 1:40-1:41 a number of times in the past month.

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Swimming Facilities and Programs at Mount SAC

I’ve been swimming this summer at a nearby pool that is open to the public for lap swimming and also provides a Masters Swim program and other training programs. I love this pool. The water is fresh and clean, not like the over-chlorinated, chemical soup at the 24 hour fitness pool (my alternative swim location). So where am I swimming? In the outdoor Olympic size swimming pool at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California, or Mt. SAC as the locals refer to it.

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Yoga Pose – Squat

Here’s a link to an article on Active.com on how to do the squat pose from yoga. It’s a fairly detailed description not only of how to properly do the pose, but also of the benefits of the pose. Sounds like a pose I should be doing regularly!

Pose of the Month: Squat Pose

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Speed Intervals – 5 x 1K

OK, so I had a speed workout today. 5 repeats of 1K at a target of 4:08 each (which works out to about a 6:39min/mile pace). Wasn’t feeling positive I could do it. But my 5K race is only 3 weeks out, so I figured I’d better go try.

I want to thank the Twitter friends @CoolRunning and @turtlescanrun for their positive energy, because that really helped when I was doing the workout. I just thought about “I can do it” and kept trying.

So my actual times were 4:09, 4:08, 4:16 (got confused on this one and stopped early & then had to pick up and keep going), 4:21 (no idea what happened here), and 4:16 (again, got confused and stopped early). Not really my day, but satisfied overall, since after only 3 repeats I was feeling like stopping but I made myself do the last two. In fact, even though I thought I was running pretty hard during the workout, sitting here now at my desk only an hour later, I feel like I could have run harder. Heh. Dunno about that…

Guess I was tired from my fast 14-miler on Friday, plus bike & yoga yesterday. Beats me. I do know that the week before my race I will be resting up so I’ll feel much more peppy and ready to go on race day.

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More Triathlon Swim Training Tips

Here’s another article from Active.com with some suggestions for training and preparing for the swimming portion of a triathlon:

Pacing Makes Perfect: 6 Ways to Train for a Triathlon Swim Start | Active.com

One of the main points of the article, is that just doing time trials doesn’t prepare you for the actual chaos and frenetic swimming of a triathlon. So they have some suggestions to help prepare a bit more for the reality of a triathlon swim.

I may try some of these ideas. I’m about 4 weeks out right now from my first triathlon. Finally getting some mediocre yardage in at the pool. Went swimming twice this week, which is my goal. Swam 2250 meters total this week. 1050 on Tuesday and 1200 today. Really tried a bit harder today and did a few faster sprints. Overall, my swimming is very mediocre and the focus for me in my first triathlon will just be finishing respectably.

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First Run in my FiveFingers

So when I was in Boston last week, I bought some of the Vibram FiveFingers KSO style shoes. My intention in buying them was to use them for running. Advice from the RunnersWorld.com Barefoot Running Forum suggests transitioning to these shoes from regular running shoes very gradually.

So today I went out for my first run in these shoes. I wanted to do 4 miles today, and I thought I’d do the first half mile in the FiveFingers and then switch it up to Read the rest of this entry »

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